Peter Robinson Smith is a Vermont sculptor with magic in his fingers. He handcrafts each work from wire mesh using only his fingernails, a scissors and occasionally, a small screw. Smith’s wire mesh creations, however, are only part of what makes his work extraordinary. The other part is the shadow that appears when a strong light is aimed at the sculpture from a particular angle.

STAY THIRSTY: How should people think about and view your sculptures?

PETER ROBINSON SMITH: While you'll find the sculptures to be notably interactive, they also represent an entirely new take on the meaning of “reliefs” or “friezes” perhaps because of their intriguing translucent/transparent innately attached shadow. Although I don't pay attention to these shadows when working because they are a subplot to me, they're not less important to the end results.
This detailed shadow is the result of an affectation historically known as “cross-hatching” (applied by artists most associated with charcoal drawings and sketches to their two-dimensional renderings, though perhaps more popularly known through architects and their sketched renderings). This is, moreover, a contemporary extension of an age-old vision (Fibonacci Sequence) based upon all things physical, as a universal grid, originating from the Hindi. The Italian explorer (Fibonacci) came in contact with this ancient culture and propagated a related mathematical equation to this vision of the larger world.

Stay Thirsty Magazine invites you to watch this video, entitled Pony Creation, as Peter Robinson Smith creates a pony out of a sheet of wire mesh in just a few minutes. Pure magic.

Peter Robinson Smith creates a Pony sculpture


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